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Am I Trustworthy?


Published 1950


How a child learns to return borrowed items, keep promises and fulfill assignments.


Run time 10:20
Producer Coronet Instructional Films
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, C


Shotlist

Provides examples of trustworthiness--returning borrowed articles, keeping promises and doing a good job with assigned tasks.
Ken Smith notes: This film follows young "Eddie" as he learns to become trustworthy. Actually, "trustworthiness" in this film is pretty loosely defined -- it seems to be synonymous with "obedience" and "conformity." Eddie, at the prodding of his dad and the narrator, quickly and eagerly sees the value of trust (he even makes his own Trustworthiness Chart), and we leave the film knowing that Eddie is well on his way to normalcy. "People have to show they can be trusted with little things if they want to be trusted with big things."

MORALITY PROMISES CHILDREN SOCIAL GUIDANCE TRUSTWORTHINESS BOYS DAILY LIFE BEHAVIOR FAMILIES PARENTS
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Reviews

Reviewer: ERD. - - April 26, 2010
Subject: "Am I Trustworthy" is a cute little instructional film
A well made 1950 instuctional film made for youngsters of that era. The information given is still good for today's children.
Reviewer: Kittenfish - - March 16, 2006
Subject: Good Eddie
I remember these films from when I was a child. Watching them again I am always struck buy how good their advice and guidance is for young people. It's a shame these types of films aren't still made and shown to children. Many of these lessons seem to be in short supply these days
Reviewer: Steve Nordby - - November 13, 2003
Subject: "I wouldn't have stolen their money!"
Eddie wants to be treasurer of his school club but isn't even nominated! Instead he gets put on cleanup while Bob gets the job he wants. Upset boy + perfect dad + narrator to explain = classic social guidance film. Keep your word, play fair, do a good job, and be on time. That's all there is to it! The underlying message is implied subtly early in the film: to be trustworthy is not just about being honest but about being obediant. Eddie was supposed to fix the lamp and didn't, so he isn't trustworthy. Eddie, with his bad hair and less than perfect acting is charming.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - May 17, 2003
Subject: Am I Trustworthy?
Eddie is upset because he wasn't elected treasurer of his hobby clubÂÂinstead he was put on the clean-up committee. His kindly dad helps him to see that he needs to work on being more trustworthy. This is a typically earnest and innocent Coronet film. It's not all that campy per se, but it could be good fodder for msting. Eddie is somewhat less polished than the typical Coronet child actor and his club is one of those generic young peoples' clubs that exists only in films like this. Other than that, it's pretty ordinary Coronet fare.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: ***.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - December 21, 2002
Subject: Eddie is a gulliable little soul
Eddie Johnson loses the Election for treasurer for the club he is in. He blames it on the other boy who gets it, because the other boy is so trustworthy.
I think the reason is Eddie's haircut. This rather bizarre looking moptop.
I love Coronet guidance films. This is the 3rd such film I've seen that lays it thick on how a boy can be more acceptable in the world. In this case you can be more trustworthy by doing your homework on time and doing housework(!). Suuuure. Also, the film uses the well used Coronet trademark of making a chart for yourself and that will solve everything. Reccomended!
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